An Overview of PET Tape


PET tapes make a great alternative to paint for floor marking, requiring less surface preparation and far less time to install. Plus, when it’s time to make a change to the floor marking, the tapes simply peel up for clean removal from most surfaces. Generally, PET tapes are commonly used to marking lanes in factories, warehouses and hospitals, marking hazardous areas, highlighting safety equipment locations, and marking gymnasium courts.

In any of these applications, the tapes’ abrasion resistance and long-term color retention enable great visibility. They also stretch to conform to curved surfaces and around corners for a tight fit, with great “dead stretch” performance. Some competing tapes eventually shrink back toward their original size after stretching, which can cause the tape’s edges to curl up, leading to tripping hazards or shortening the life of the adhesive as dirt and debris collect on the exposed edge. But the dead stretch capability of PET tapes helps them stay firmly after stretching.

Need to organize tools, storage systems, piping, instruments or almost any other equipment? PET tapes are great for durable color-coding. They resist scrapes, wear, weathering, moisture and most chemicals, so matter what tools or equipment you need to mark, chances are PET tape is up to the task.

In the manufacturing industry, PET tapes are often used for color-coding in facilities. The tapes can be used to color code tools for a specific day or task, helping workers quickly identify and organize their equipment.

The chemical resistance and clean removal of PET tapes makes them very useful for specific masking applications, including:

1. Fine line paint masking, where they create sharp clean lines for color separation. The flexible backing curves, stretches and holds even with a radius as tight as 1.5” for following irregular designs. While some competitor tapes can “ghost” in this application, leaving behind a fine film after removal, PET tapes are engineered for clean removal from most surfaces.

2. Anodizing and electroplating, where the chemical resistance of the tapes makes them ideal for masking off metals.

One major advantage of using PET tape for any of these applications is its “locked-in” color. Some other tapes are simply colored with a coat of ink on top of the tape, but PET tape makes its own vinyl with solid color throughout. This construction helps PET tapes stay bright throughout their lifetime.